Orchestra Exploring Financial Options

The Louisville Orchestra’s management and players remain tight-lipped about the ongoing contract negotiations between the administration and musicians’ union. Sources tell WFPL that while the current talks are related to contract extensions, the orchestra is also seeking immediate savings, and a possible bankruptcy filing is also on the table.

Both Sides Quiet In Louisville Orchestra Negotiations

The musicians’ contract expires next year, and both sides say they do not want to negotiate through the media. Administrators say they are seeking a long-term solution for a financially-sustainable orchestra. They also declined to discuss the ensemble’s financial condition.

Louisville Orchestra Plans its Future Place in the City

By Elizabeth Kramer A new documentary about the formative years of the Louisville Orchestra premieres tomorrow at the Baxter Avenue Theatres. But the organization is looking now to make itself relevant in a world where classical music is often an afterthought. The documentary Music Makes a City recounts how in 1937 a politician named Charles […]

Music Makes a City

That arts organizations struggle to stay afloat is not news. So how does an organization like the Louisville Orchestra stand above the crowd? Well, by doing something extraordinary of course! In 1948 the orchestra began commissioning new works from contemporary composers – and voila – the Louisville Orchestra became a star. “Music Makes the City” is a new documentary that chronicles the experiences of the Louisville Orchestra and allows us to explore its rich history. Join us this Tuesday as we learn more about the history of the Louisville Orchestra.  Listen to the Show

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Kentucky Center President Debunks Myths

The President of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts spoke to the Louisville Downtown Rotary Club today about the center’s role in the community. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. (To listen to the entire presentation, click on Listen to the story.) Stephen Klein talked about how the Kentucky Center provides performance space to local […]

Mayoral Forum Offers Ideas for City's Arts Future

Eleven candidates for Louisville mayor spoke at a forum on the arts and culture last night. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. (To listen to the entire forum, click on Listen to the story.) Local businessman Chuck Maisch opened the event recounting how a few business leaders started the Louisville Orchestra in the aftermath of the 1937 […]

Arts Groups Offer Discounted Tickets Again This Season

Some Louisville arts groups say they will continue a program that offers discounted tickets to many performances. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. The Kentucky Center, the Fund for the Arts and its member groups launched the Arts Rush program in January. From then through the end of the season, the program sold more than 2,500 […]

Arts Groups Get Economic Stimulus Funds

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced two Louisville organizations will receive direct grants as part of the federal economic stimulus package. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. The Louisville Ballet and the Louisville Orchestra will each receive a $50,000 grant from the NEA. The two are among more than 600 groups nationwide and seven throughout […]

A Project that Teaches Deaf Children How to Sing

The story of Beethoven shows us the deaf and hard of hearing can hear and make music. After the composer’s hearing began deteriorating in his 20s, Beethoven listened to distinguish notes by attaching a rod to his piano’s soundboard which he would bite when playing. Today, musicians and educators are developing more techniques to help […]